After the Kiss is a great romantic story about what happens when opposites attract and fall in love.
When I started reading the story, it reminded me of the movie “How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” Julie works for one of the top women’s magazine. She writes a dating column. She’s known as the dating expert. But what happens when her boss asks her to write about what happens after the date? Julie doesn’t know anything about relationships. She never lets her dates get that far. What she needs to do is find the most boring, predictable guy out there and date him so that she will have material for her column. Mitchell is tired of being Mr. Monogamous. He is ready to be in a relationship after the first date. He wants to loosen up and when he accepts a bet from his friend, Mitchell sees it as the perfect opportunity to date someone who he would never want to be in a relationship with.
I really enjoyed this story from start to finish. I didn’t like Julie at first but she grew on me. There is so much humor and fun banter between Julie and Mitchell as they try to one up each other. Julie’s manufactured seductive moves fail to work on Mitchell while Mitchell is constantly surprising Julie and throwing her off her game. The conflict did not feel manufactured and it was a natural progression of the relationship. At one point, I really wondered if Julie and Mitchell were going to have an HEA.
I loved After the Kiss. It was an adorable, sexy sweet story. I loved the characters. Opposites DO attract and fall in love.I didn’t want the book to end, I was enjoying the story so much. I can’t wait to read more from this author.(less)
A couple of weeks ago, I had decided to take a break from contemporary romance. Everything I read was the same. Nothing was standing out and I was tir...moreA couple of weeks ago, I had decided to take a break from contemporary romance. Everything I read was the same. Nothing was standing out and I was tired of reading about characters in their mid-20s. I needed romance with characters who are established in their lives, who were closer to my age. I didn't think I was ever going to get that. And then I stumbled upon The Story Guy. The blurb intrigued me and when I saw that the heroine was in her 30s, I knew it was something that I needed to read.
The fact that The Story Guy is a novella and yet managed to completely blow me away is amazing. Normally with novellas you feel like something is missing. The author managed to portray every emotion in each and every page. I immediately fell in love with Carrie and Brian's story. Once I started reading, I could not put it down.
Carrie's life is good but she's in a funk. She answers Brian's ad on a whim, thinking that nothing will come of it. Brian's personal life only allows him to have Wednesdays at noon. He has tried relationships but the women end up not understanding his commitments at home. Brian allows himself this one hour, once a week, to be connected to another person.
I've always thought that attraction begins with a kiss. No matter how hot a person is, if they can't kiss, then what little attraction that is there, dies. When Carrie and Brian first meet up, the kiss is slow and thorough and totally sexy. These two people are alone and need someone to latch onto but not in a co-dependent unhealthy way.
The Story Guy is such a sweet, romantic love story. You can't help but fall in love with Carrie and Brian and root for them. I didn't want their story to end! The writing is so beautiful, almost poetic. Ms. Rivers is an author to look out for. She's already on my must read list. Do yourself a favor, buy The Story Guy now! It's only 99 cents on Amazon. You won't regret it. (less)
This series has been sitting on my TBR for way too long! I started it last year by listening to the audiobook but that didn't work for me. I didn't ca...moreThis series has been sitting on my TBR for way too long! I started it last year by listening to the audiobook but that didn't work for me. I didn't care for the narrator. Then, when I decided to take a break from contemporary romance, I decided to finally start the Elemental Assassins series. Heart of Venom comes out in August and I have the ARC. I need to finally read the series!! I'm so glad I did. The book started off kind of slow but once the action started and the plot got going, I was hooked. I really liked Gin and Finn (hey that rhymes!). There's a lot of edge on your seat suspense. Gin is bad ass and I love it but we also get peeks into her softer side.
So glad I finally started this series. Can't wait to read Web of Lies next.(less)
I have no love for a TSTL heroine and a too alpha male. the combination does not go well together.
I was hoping that Jane would be a character that I'...moreI have no love for a TSTL heroine and a too alpha male. the combination does not go well together.
I was hoping that Jane would be a character that I'd admire but the only smart think she did was leave Scott. after that it went downhill fast.
not a fan of the "you're my woman" crap spouted by kage throughout the book. I'm a fan of the little sister being the onject of her big brothers friend's desire trope but I felt like we weren't given enough background info. we're just supposed to accept that kage has been pining for Jane for 7 yrs.
His Roommate's Pleasure is a sexy read but I felt that there was something missing. Adam and Josh are college roommate's. They don't communic...more2.5 stars
His Roommate's Pleasure is a sexy read but I felt that there was something missing. Adam and Josh are college roommate's. They don't communicate, don't have a relationship other than sharing space. Because Josh is a jock, Adam assumes that Josh is straight, until Adam stumbles upon Josh's porn folder on his laptop. Now Adam doesn't know what to think. When Josh discovers that Adam discovered his porn stash and is turned on by it, this knowledge immediately changes their roommate dynamic.
The moment Adam discovers that Josh is gay and Josh discovers that Adam is turned on by his BDSM porn, there's immediate sex (in some form). There was minimal conversation about the fact that they've been living together for 6 months and neither one knew that the other was gay. Nor was there any mention that Adam and Josh found the other one attractive. That's what puzzled me. The story is told from Adam's POV and not once does he laments about his secret attraction to his roomie. I wanted more development (other than the sex) with Adam and Josh's relationship. I really wished we got Josh's POV. I just find it hard to believe that they've been living together for 6 months with no kind of relationship and communication and then bam, they're jerking each other off and agreeing to a D/s relationship.(less)
I absolutely adored The Winning Season. I'm a huge fan of sports romances but this book is more than that. Kelly is not your typical heroine. She's no...moreI absolutely adored The Winning Season. I'm a huge fan of sports romances but this book is more than that. Kelly is not your typical heroine. She's not petite and she has a potty mouth. Kelly has already gone toe to toe with Matt, so when he is traded to the Blaze, their relationship is already on shaky ground. Matt is a lifetime Dodgers fan but thanks to his antics off the diamond, the Dodgers traded him. Kelly isn't looking forward to working with Matt but she has to do what's best for the team. Now if only she can get Matt to stop insulting her long enough for him to cooperate.
What I loved about The Winning Season is that we see Matt and Kelly fall in love. There's no instalove for them. A good portion of the story, Matt and Kelly are trading barbs and insulting each other. I loved it! Matt and Kelly slowly pushes aside the preconceived notions they have about each other and realizes that there's more than meets the eye.
Of course, the inevitable conflict and story arc happens. Matt was a real asshole to Kelly and I felt that his apology wasn't enough. He harmed her, emotionally and physically. This is where I felt the ending was a bit rushed due to the violent nature of Matt's reaction to Kelly's supposed betrayal. There should have been less description, detail to the baseball game and more groveling and apologizing for Matt. I'm not a baseball fan so I skimmed most of that part and was disappointed that there was only a couple of pages dedicated to the reconciliation. I think if the book was 20 pages longer, I would have been more satisfied.
Overall, The Winning Season is a great book. I love a strong heroine who is not bitchy. Sometimes authors mistake bitchiness for being strong. That doesn't happen in this book. Kelly is strong and likable. She stands up to Matt; doesn't take his shit. Matt, despite being an complete ass to Kelly, is likable in his own way. Once you learn what he's been through, you understand why he's such an ass. They are such a great couple. This book could have used an epilogue. I wanted to revisit them, a year later. Oh well.
I highly recommend this book and Ms. Packard has been added to my auto buy list.(less)
Thought it was okay. I didn't like Tripp at all even though I understood why he was in the closet and refuses to come out. I felt that what happened i...moreThought it was okay. I didn't like Tripp at all even though I understood why he was in the closet and refuses to come out. I felt that what happened in the end, with the attack and who did the attacking, was a bit much and kinda predictable. Would have preferred a different way for the reconciliation to happen.
I wasn't a fan of Carla from the previous book. I thought she was a total bitch. My opinion of her didn't change much when I finished reading Avoiding...moreI wasn't a fan of Carla from the previous book. I thought she was a total bitch. My opinion of her didn't change much when I finished reading Avoiding Mr. Right.
Carla claims that the men she meets and sleeps with are dumb and boring in bed. She's tired of having bad sex. But I'm thinking she's the one who's bad in bed. After that "tolerable" encounter with Andy, with Carla barking out orders and then falling asleep, I firmly believe that she's the problem. Not the men. Carla has trust and commitment issues which stems from her dad leaving them when she was a teen and her being still being super bitter about it 15 years later.
Andy is a nice guy who has the hots for Carla. But because he's an accountant (gasp! the horror!), in Carla's warped mind, Andy can't possibly be exciting or good in bed. Uh okay Carla. Weird generalization you got going on there. But Andy is determined to prove Carla wrong even though Carla is being mean and bitchy to him.
For the most part, I enjoyed Avoiding Mr. Right despite not liking Carla. I still don't think I fully understood her motivation or her actions. I adore Andy and don't think Carla is good enough for him. Throughout the book, I wondered what he saw in her. I mean, it's not like Carla's the nicest person in the world or the most open.
There were a couple of things that happened in the book that confused me. Or made me feel that it was an unnecessary to the plot. The whole thing with Carla's dad felt abrupt and completely out of left field. I guess this was supposed to happen to help Carla and her mom move on but it didn't feel organic to the plot. The ending of Avoiding Mr. Right felt abrupt. I wasn't expecting it to end when it did.
An overall enjoyable story with a too nice hero with a naughty side in the bedroom, Avoiding Mr. Right was a fun read. Carla never won me over. She was too much work, played too many games and at times not a very nice person. But thankfully, Andy more than made up for it. (less)
Playing the Part is my first Robin Covington book and it won't be my last. First and foremost, I am so happy that the hero is biracial! I think this i...morePlaying the Part is my first Robin Covington book and it won't be my last. First and foremost, I am so happy that the hero is biracial! I think this is the first biracial character (half black, half white) that I've read in mainstream romance. It makes ZERO sense that romance novels featuring people of color or where one of the main characters is of color have to have their own category. This is 2013 people!
Mick is an an action start trying to transition to deeper roles. He's staring in the movie adaption of Piper's book. Mick is having a hard time with the emotion of the character so the production company brings in Piper to help Mick relate to the character. Piper is done with dating actors. After embarrassing herself and almost killing her career, Piper has worked hard to get herself back on track. But Mick has other plans. He is attracted to Piper and wants her for himself while Piper is working on the film. Piper sees nothing but trouble in Mick but she can't deny the attraction. What's the harm in having a fling with one of the hottest actors out there?
I was sucked into the story from the start. Mick and Piper's sexual chemistry is off the charts! Mick is such a player but he's also very likable. He doesn't hide who or what he is. I liked that he mentions how difficult it has been as a biracial actor to get starring roles. That bit of information adds so much reality to the story.
Mick and Piper together are very likable. And they have lots and lots of sex which makes sense because they're only having a fling, right? But this is contemporary romance so there's of course the HEA. But there are some bumps and hurdles that Piper and Mick must go through before they get there.
Again, I loved Playing the Part. It's sexy and funny. I loved the characters. I am SO happy that the hero is biracial. Books that break the romance norm really stand out for me especially when they are so well-written. I could not put this book down. I'm looking forward to reading more from Ms. Covington.(less)
For the most part I enjoyed the book. Liked the characters. I felt that the ending was rushed. Jude has so many issues and revelations that I felt lik...moreFor the most part I enjoyed the book. Liked the characters. I felt that the ending was rushed. Jude has so many issues and revelations that I felt like more time should have been spent exposing them. Too much time spent with Jude and Libby alone in the house, with no progress being made with their relationship (other than sex).
Ty and Landon have been friends for awhile but they are hiding a secret. Ty is attracted to Landon and Landon is attracted to Ty. But they both think that the other is straight. When Ty is in town visiting Landon for the weekend, they finally cross that line while watching a basketball and drinking beer. Who know sports and hops could be so arousing? Landon is ready to be a couple even if in secret while Ty isn’t ready to be ‘out’ in secret. He’s worried about how his conservative family will react and how being in a relationship with Landon will affect Ty’s life in general.
I love reading m/m romances but I’m kind of tired of the “I’m only gay for you” trope. Both Ty and Landon have dated and had sex with women only. Landon hasn’t had any attraction to any men and the same for Ty. But they both mutually are attracted to each other. I think I would have liked this story better if both Ty and Landon were gay, no bi, and in denial about their sexuality. That seems more plausible to me.
Even though Waiting for Ty is the second book in the Friends and Lovers series, it can be read as a stand alone. But I did feel like something was missing. I felt like I jumped into a movie, having missed the first 10 minutes. I think some of Ty and Landon’s back story may have been told in book 1 but I’m not 100% sure.
Overall, Waiting for Ty was a good story but I needed more. The sex scenes were hot and I really liked Landon a lot. Ty was kinda meh for me but I could understand why he had the reservations that he did. He comes from a conservative and religious background so I wasn’t surprised by his family’s reaction.
It was a quick, enjoyable read but needed more substance.(less)